Our home serves as a temporary residence for many different musicians, artists, academics, & business people. We aim to have everybody arrive in our home a visitor, but leave as a friend.
In fact, what makes our house unique is that we have now served as hosts to people from all over the world and sometime at the same time. We started doing this when I took a job as the Midwest Coordinator for an International High School Student Exchange Program and got to know how easy it was meeting people from around the world. Since then, and hosting many Northwestern Graduate Students working on their Masters in our home, our friends have taken to calling our house the "Gertrude Stein Home of Evanston", which I take as a compliment. They explain this by saying, each time they meet someone at our home, they know they are going to learn something new. They also have said that they have been impressed to see that not only are these people living in our home, but they can see that they have become our friends. And, they love the comeradie they feel which emenates from our home. If only we could bottle that and sell it to the world, eh?
Being located, just 1 block from the train, we are extremely well-located for university students, not only of Northwestern U., but also Loyola Univ., Northeastern Univ. & DePaul Univ.
Recently, Northwestern University, was voted #4 in a recent poll concerning the most walkable campuses. The only university towns voted more walkable were:
1. Cambridge, MA Walk Score 87 (Harvard University and MIT)
2. Berkeley, CA Walk Score 79 (University of California at Berkeley)
3. Providence, RI Walk Score 76 (Brown University)
4. Evanston, IL Walk Score 74 (Northwestern University
Evanston is home to Northwestern University and boasts tree-lined lakefront paths for biking/jogging, a vibrant shopping district, dozens of ethnically diverse restaurants, live music venues, movie theaters and more. Northwestern, and the lakefront, are only a few minutes away.
Evanston has many of the best Midwestern tourists attractions within a day's reach. It is a great place to base yourself whether your visiting for purposes of Northwestern University, or you want to experience Chicago.
Our home, built in 1888, located in the EVANSTON LAKEFRONT HISTORIC DISTRICT, is just blocks south of the NU campus. Although our home is vintage, it has all of the modern amenities a person needs for 21st century lifestyles. We have central air and heat, cable TV and wireless internet everywhere in the house and yard.
It is one block to a Whole Foods, and there is a Trader Joe's behind our house on Chicago Ave. (TJ's is an upscale Aldi's owned by the other German brother.) Our home is located just 3 blocks west of Lake Michigan and a block east of the train to downtown Chicago, which is approximately 25 minutes away. If you have kids, we also have a play lot across the street and several along the lakefront.
We also have 2 little white/black toy fox terrier dogs that I've never heard as much as a growl from. They have always been great at making friends w/ people. Recently, we had two young men with us. A young German man from Wiesbaden who had never had a dog before. Six months later, he was so in love with these pupettes, that I think, if he would have tried to take one more picture on his phone, it might have exploded! haaaa. Then there was Yuong (Tony) Liu, from China. He also had never had a dog and at first was very frightened of dogs. He would walk towards them and if they started to approach him, he would turn on his heels and walk very fast the other way. Well after some coaching, Tony, too fell in love w/ these two little harmless pupettes. The worse these two can do is shed some of that white fur on you, which I'm always trying to control, but....
Because I am a writer, I work out of our home, and will always be available to answer any questions you may have that come up. Questions, such as about using something in the house or about our local area. We do serve a Continental Breakfast of morning coffee/tea, muffins, fresh fruit & toast. In each bedroom, there is a refrigerator, so you can bring home leftovers, and shop to make your meals at will in our kitchen. We do have a large, bright kitchen that people like to hang in. Everyone is free to use all our kitchen appliances as long as they clean up after themselves. I will be happy to show you where things are stored. Also, in each bedroom there is a desk for your laptop where you can do you work if necessary. Guest are free to work just about anywhere they wish in the house (the glory of Wi-Fi) whether in the first floor since the living room is a pleasant room to work in with lots of light, or the kitchen,family room, screened in back porch or the outside patio.
Also, we have a FREE laundry facility on the second floor for small loads of laundry, or you can use the basement laundry facility for your larger loads.
Our neighborhood is great for walking/jogging along the lake. People also enjoy looking at the historic older homes in our neighborhood, or riding a bike along the lake, which can be rented at a nearby bike shop.
Once you are at our home, you really won't have the need to use a car because most things are just a short walk away. If you do need a car, there is free car parking on the streets near our home, or you can rent a car a few blocks away!
Here are some things near by that might interest you:
The Evanston Summertime Outdoor Concerts Along the Lake & the Lagoon (Davis St)
The Summer Concerts at the Outdoor Ravinia Bandshell and picnic grounds in nearby Highland Park,
The Chicago Botanic Garden,
Evanston's Public beaches, parks, arboretum and playgrounds. Excellent walking/running routes right out our door.
The Evanston Yoga studios,
The Block Art museum,
Evanston Public library on Church Street.
The Chicago Institute of Music featuring daily concerts and workshops, which is on Chicago Ave. & Grove St.
We give strong preference to requests from those who have information and a photo in their Airbnb profiles. We're open to all people and lifestyles, but we'd prefer not to invite you into our home without knowing something about you. Thank you for your consideration.
I've lived in Chicago for all of my life and there is not a neighborhood in Chicago that I am not familiar with. My husband is from Mystic, CT,, which is off of the Atlantic, and has learned to use Lake Michigan to answer his love of living near a large body of water. We will respect your privacy but also happily assist you with anything you might need to make your stay in Chicago more enjoyable. See our profile for more information about us
WHAT IS THE HINMAN HOUSE SPACE LIKE...
Unlike most Victorian era homes, all of the rooms in the Hinman Home are quite large. In addition, the first thing you will notice is how high the ceilings are. At 12' high, it adds to this feeling of spaciousness that everybody feels upon entering our home. It has 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths
If you were to ask someone to describe what style our home is, I believe the best answer would be eclectic! If we like something, it can come into our home. There is no one style!
With WiFi available throughout the house, guest are free to work just about anywhere they wish on the first floor since the living room is a pleasant place to work in with lots of light. Besides the downstairs living room, guests are welcome to use the kitchen, can work in the family room, the dining room, the screened in outside porch, or use our BBQ grill and outdoor patio. In other words, as long as you are neat about where you work and clean up after yourself, you are free to use which ever room in the house fits your needs best.
We may not serve a full breakfast, but always serve coffee and guest are welcome to a continental breakfast of muffins, toast with jam, and fresh fruit.
EACH BEDROOM CONTAINS...
In each bedroom there is a refrigerator, so you can shop and make your meals at will in our kitchen. There also is a desk for your laptop and phone chargers, etc. , a closet to hang clothing, and a bureau for folding things.
WHAT IS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE...
We have three large grocery stores,Trader Joe's, Whole Foods & Jewels, only blocks away. As well as so very many inexpensive and good eclectic restaurants, for you to find a meal fitting whatever your ethnic desires may be, and they are all within walking distance.
DOES THE HINMAN HOUSE HAVE NEARBY PUBLIC TRANSIT
Yes, we are located just south of the NU campus and east of the train to go to DOWNTOWN CHICAGO. Once you arrive at our home, you really won't have the need to use a car because most things are just a short WALK AWAY! If you do have a car, let me encourage you to park on the east side of the street.
COMING TO HINMAN HOME VIA O'HARE AIRPORT
If you are arriving to Chicago via O'Hare airport, there is one bus you can catch at the airport that will take you to within blocks of our home. You catch this bus at the end of the People Mover line at the Kiss & Ride parking lot. This is where you can catch Bus 250 that takes you to Evanston for a whopping $1.75! This bus will leave you off at the Davis Street station in downtown Evanston & is just a few blocks from our home.
COMING TO HINMAN HOUSE VIA MIDWAY AIRPORT
At the airport, you can take public transportation by catching an ORANGE LINE TRAIN to downtown Chicago, right in the airport. Then, once you are. IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, you would change trains at Roosevelt Rd and take the RED LINE TRAIN to Howard St, where you transfer to the PURPLE LINE TRAIN and take that into Evanston for the last mile of your journey. It may sound long, but should take no longer than one hour.
Here are some NEARBY UNIQUE & INTERESTING PLACES OF INTEREST:
The Summer Concerts at the Outdoor Ravinia Bandshell and picnic grounds,
The Chicago Botanic Garden,
Evanston's Public beaches, parks, arboretum and playgrounds. Excellent walking/running routes right out OUR DOOR.
THE EVANSTON YOGA STUDIOS
The Block Art museum,
Evanston Public library,.
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Everybody must respect each other's space and each other's "stuff"!
Please treat our house and "stuff" as you would treat your own.
Please show our puppets the love they will show you. They are the sweetest dogs you will ever meet!
Thanks to Sue and Tim, I was provided with a wonderful, warm home during the cold Chicago winter. I'm very grateful to you both!
Sue and Tim were lovely hosts! The Hinman House was a comfortable home away from home. I highly recommend staying here when visiting Evanston.
We really enjoyed staying at the Hinman House. The house is very spacious, clean and calm. The location is great. Sue and Tim were very easy going and made us feel welcome. It really felt like being at home.
I had a great experience staying at Sue and Tim's home. They were accommodating, welcoming, engaging, warm, and friendly. They made me feel at home in every way. They have a beautiful home and my room was charming and very comfortable. The neighborhood is beautiful and very convenient to all of Evanston and Northwestern University is just a 10 or 15 minute walk away. Before I stayed there I was concerned about a shared bathroom with the other guests...but it worked out well and there were no problems.
The Schells have a lovely home right in the heart of Evanston. It was extremely convenient to walk to the Northwestern campus. I felt totally safe and comfortable, both in the neighborhood and the home. They were extremely welcoming and provided a good set-up for what I needed...a place to crash and take a shower!
Every time I visit Evanston, I stay with Sue and Tim. They are great people and it's already like coming home.
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Sue Schell: My life is about relationships. I love to cook, sing, talk,watch films, listen to classical music, write, read biographies, nonfiction and historical fiction books, travel, laughing with people.
I love animals, especially dogs and horses and have found I should never discount any animal when it comes to having a personality.
My two favorite life motos are, "By Giving We Receive"and "Carpe Diem!"
Sue & Tim :
" We have loved becoming a part of AirBnB because it brings the world to our door. We love that one week we can be talking with a French family of 4, the next week we're hosting a young professional man from Germany than a husband and wife from some other part of the world. It is truly a magnificent thing that feels safe for everyone, the travelers and the hosts!"
It has been our experience that people who enjoy using AirBnB are quite intellectually curious and a worldly sort of person, who enjoy being in someone's home much more than in some impersonal hotel room. Also, they enjoy saving the money that a stay in an AirBnB room has to offer. WE ARE BIG FANS of AIRBNB!